CBD and Cancer Treatment

CBD and Cancer Treatment

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CBD can help to treat a lot of things, and surprisingly this includes cancer. Each year, nearly ten million people die of cancer around the world. Today I am going to talk you through a story of CBD and cancer. 


A cancer survivor from British Columbia has an astounding story. In May 2007, they had a heart attack and later had double bypass surgery. Because of the surgery, she got chronic pain from a broken sternum, as well as post-sternotomy neuralgia syndrome. The patient consistently took pain killers to try to ease the pain, but they didn't work.

Four years later, the patient was diagnosed with anal canal cancer and had two spots of skin cancer on her collarbone. After two surgeries, the doctors told her that they were not able to get rid of all the cancer and she would have to go through radiation. She researched the procedure and discovered that it was possible for the skin to be permanently damaged, with her getting second and third-degree burns. It was also possible that the affected areas would fuse shut from the burns and subsequent scarring.

Concerned about radiation treatments, she asked for time to think about it. Her doctor informed her that she had only around 2-4 months to live, at most 6 months, and suggested she should consider the radiation treatment. Instead, she decided to start looking into the use of cannabis oil for cancer treatment.


When the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) connects to the CB1 or the CB2 cannabinoid receptor site on the cancer cell, it creates an increase in ceramide synthesis that leads to the cancer cell's death. A normal cell does not produce ceramide when near THC; so it is not affected by the cannabinoid.

Cancer cells don't die because of the cytotoxic chemicals, but because of a small shift in the mitochondria. The reason for the mitochondria in a cell is to produce energy for the cell to use. As ceramide is produced, it turns up the sphingolipid rheostat, which increases the mitochondrial membrane permeability to cytochrome c, which is a vital protein in energy synthesis. The cytochrome c is then pushed out of the mitochondria, which kills the source of energy for that particular cell.

The existence of ceramide means there is no possibility of cancer cells surviving because it causes genotoxic stress in the cancer cell, which generates a protein called p53. This disrupts the calcium metabolism in the mitochondria. Ceramide also disrupts the cell’s digestive system which produces nutrients for all cell functions and stops pro-survival pathways.

The key to this process is the collection of ceramide in the system. This means that by taking any amount of CBD and THC, at a steady rate over a period of time, the patient will keep metabolic pressure on these cancer cell death pathways.

The Cancer Patient story is a wonderful success story of using cannabis oil to help kill cancer cells. When using any CBD product there is no ‘guaranteed cure’, but our CBD oils, gummies, and vape juices can give you alternative options. Happy Vaping!

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